Dublin City Archaeological Archive/ 9 Merchants Quay (00E0558) Collection

Repository: Dublin City Archives

Identity Statement

TitleDublin City Archaeological Archive/ 9 Merchants Quay (00E0558) Collection
Archive ReferenceIE DCLA/DCAA/02/01
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/dublin-city-archaeological-archive-9-merchants-quay-00e0558-collection
Creation Dates2000
Level of DescriptionFonds
Extent Medium1 archive box


Creator(s): Helen Kehoe

  • Administrative History ↴

    Helen Kehoe is a freelance archaeologist, based in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, who specialises in private sector pre-development archaeological assessments and resolution of medieval and post-medieval sites. The excavation that this collection relates to was carried out as part of Dublin City Councils 'Historic Heart of Dublin' project and in line with legal provisions of the National Monuments Acts (1930) and Amendment Acts. The Historic Heart of Dublin (HHOD) project was set up in 1997 by the Dublin Civic Trust in partnership with Dublin Corporation with the object of recording the age, condition and merit of the buildings on the streets of Dublin. The project, which was funded by the European Union, has to date meticulously recorded more then 2,500 buildings (concentrating on the exteriors) and over 150 interiors. No. 9 Merchant Quay comprises what were originally two four-storey-over-basement dwellings from the 1720s. Substantial alterations in the late 18th century resulted in the two houses being amalgamated into one large house, which functioned over the years as both a private house and business premises. The house has remained largely unoccupied for a number of years and is in a state of disrepair. As part of the 'Historic Heart of Dublin' project, it is being restored to its late 18th century altered condition. An archaeological excavation on this site took place in 2000. Initial excavation of infill rubble material, laid down in earlier times to raise the basement floors, revealed the existence of a south-north-sloping slipway on the western side of the basement of the existing house. Further excavations unveiled a water channel or drain, two quay walls and oak timber remains. Artefacts retrieved from the basement consisted mainly of 18th/19th century pottery shards, clay pipe remains and glass fragments
  • Archival History ↴

    Transferred by Helen Kehoe and Geraldine O'Callaghan to Dublin City Archives, 30 June 2009.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Helen Kehoe ↴

    This collection contains archaeological excavation records from site No. 9 Merchants Quay, Dublin 8, licence 00E0558, by archaeologist Helen Kehoe. Includes report, photographs, slides and drawings.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    Arranged by document type.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Available to view by public who apply for research card in Dublin City Library and Archive Reading Room, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Conditions Governing ReproductionThe terms of the Copyright and Related Acts (2000) allows DCLA to provide photocopies of material for research purposes only. Researchers wishing to publish will be obliged to write to Helen Kehoe for permission to do so.
Creation Dates2000
Level of DescriptionFonds
Extent Medium1 archive box
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Characteristics Tech ReqSlide viewer required
Finding Aids Box list available in DCLA reading room Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialGilbert's Calendar of Ancient Records of Dublin, vol.2, p489
Publication NoteDatabase of Irish excavation reports, www.excavations.ie

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteGeraldine O'Callaghan
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of DescriptionsJul-09